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It’s hard to believe that a year ago, we were just about to check into the hospital for the second time, and that in less than seven hours, our lives would change forever. This past year with baby Jack has been the hardest and most tiring year of our lives. However, it has also been the most fulfilling, joyful, and happy. Jack has brought so much love and peace into our home, and we can’t imagine our lives without him. Today we celebrate him, and to be honest, all of us making it through this first year!
Even though Jack won’t remember anything about this birthday, I’ve been planning it for months. I was so excited for him to wake up, and he started clapping as soon as I started singing happy birthday to him. I think that everyone should feel special on their birthday, and we have lots of traditions. Here are a few of them:
Growing up, we always had a birthday table waiting for us on our birthdays. This was something I always looked forward to, because you knew it was a special day from the moment you woke up. My mom always put down the cloth tablecloth with balloons on it, and hung up a happy birthday sign. The cake of our choice would be sitting around, as well as with all our presents and birthday cards. Since Forrest and I got married, I’ve carried on this tradition, and was SO excited to set Jack’s up for him. After a quick run to the Dollar Tree last night, I was able to get a Happy Birthday sign, and a birthday tablecloth as well! Oddly enough, the tablecloth looks exactly like the one my mom has (except for it’s plastic and way cheap.) I hope this is something Jack comes to look forward to every year!
What kinds of traditions does your family have for birthdays?